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Arraignment postponed for alleged Greenbank shooter

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a Greenbank man charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Island County Superior Court Monday, and said she wanted more information on the man’s mental state before accepting his plea.

Utility rates eclipse all at Langley voters’ forum

LANGLEY — Candidates hoping to get the nod from Langley voters tugged at the thorn that’s long troubled both businesses and residents alike — the city’s water and sewer rates — at a forum Monday evening.

Freeland man accused in knife attack on parents enters pleas of not guilty

COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his parents in their Bush Point Terrace home earlier this month entered two pleas of not guilty on first-degree assault charges at his arraignment Monday in Island County Superior Court.

Family happy that ‘Snappy’ makes it home

She ran away from home, changed her name and was looking forward to a life in show business. Whidbey the turtle’s brief shot at the spotlight has come to an end, however.

No surprise: Freeland race goes straight to the sewer

Jim Short figures he’s got a lot to offer if voters return him to a seat on the board of commissioners for the Freeland Water & Sewer District. Trouble is, he thinks he’s fighting a losing battle and his chances for election are slim.

Two vie for coveted seat on Langley City Council

Two eager candidates — but somewhat reluctant campaigners — are hoping to win over voters in the race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council. Neither Thomas Gill nor R. Bruce Allen have ever served in elected office before, but both say they would bring a fresh perspective to the city council.

Travel plan for suspected murderer is short on details

Turns out, the “complete itinerary” is not-so-complete. Accused murderer Peggy Sue Thomas left Whidbey Island on Friday on a six-state road trip to visit family and run some personal errands in her former home states of Nevada and New Mexico before she faces arraignment later this month in Island County Superior Court.

Langley council candidates stress their top priorities

LANGLEY — From ambitious goals to admittedly more modest ones, the two candidates for Position 3 on the Langley City Council have pondered the possibilities — and the priorities — they’ll set if elected to the seat come November. Robin Adams and Jim Sundberg are both seeking to win the seat now held by Councilwoman Fran Abel, an appointee who chose not to run to retain her place on the council.

Man accused in attack was evaluated, released on day of stabbing

A Freeland man who allegedly stabbed his parents had been evaluated earlier in the day at Whidbey General Hospital and released just hours before he attacked his mother and father in their Bush Point Terrace home Sunday.

Freeland residents seek halt to spending on sewer project

Stop throwing money down the “rat hole” of a $40 million sewer project that’s opposed by most people who live in the Freeland area, residents told the board of the Freeland Water and Sewer District Monday.

Blessings for all creatures great and small at St. Augustine’s

Dozens of people brought their four-legged friends and family members to the annual Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Augustine in-the-Woods Episcopal Church Sunday.

Bail set at $500,000 for Freeland man accused of knife attack on parents

COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his mother and father after breaking into their Bush Point Terrace-area home was ordered held in the Island County jail on $500,000 bond Tuesday.

Freeland sewer officials consider rewriting agreement with county

Officials with the Freeland Water and Sewer District said they are working resolve the problems that led to a recent audit from the state Auditor’s Office that called into question the district’s expenditures on its $40 million sewer project.

Freeland stabbing suspect to make first court appearance today

A Freeland man told police he stabbed his parents after he became upset with them "and things got out of control," according to papers filed in Island County Superior Court.

Stabbing suspect undergoing evaluation at WGH | UPDATE

The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.

Suspect in Freeland stabbing admits attacking his parents | UPDATE

The suspect in the stabbing of a Freeland couple admitted attacking his parents, the Island County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

South Whidbey port looks at 2012 budget

Port of South Whidbey commissioners will hold a public hearing next week on the port’s preliminary budget for 2012.

Langley asks port to rethink marina project

With city officials and others obviously underwhelmed with the Port of South Whidbey’s latest plan for upgrading the Langley Marina, the city council met with port commissioners for two hours this week to gently suggest that the project lacks wow power and needs to be changed.

Oh, snap! Exotic turtle discovered in South Whidbey ditch

Veterinarian David Parent never got a delivery like this before. Just before noon on a recent Tuesday, a Sunlight Shores-area woman walked into Parent’s office in Freeland with a plastic laundry basket.

Murder suspect gets judge’s OK for five-state road trip

A Superior Court judge has given Peggy Sue Thomas permission to take a five-state, two-week road trip before the former Langley resident faces arraignment later this month for first-degree murder.